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  • Survivalist or Prepper, First and Foremost It Is a State of Mind

    04/11/2014 5:06:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 48 replies
    Suvival Blog ^ | 4/14 | SCL
    As for the title of this article “State of Mind” is where all Preppers should start, and from there they should try to improve. What I believe is the biggest part of prepping is situational awareness, which means paying attention to your surroundings. Your surroundings include everything– your home, your neighborhood, your community, all the way out to your solar system and beyond. I've always liked to observe people in public, and you can tell which ones are not aware of their surroundings. It's the people who go to the shopping mall, park the car, go in shopping, and then...
  • Survival Mom Radio Show: Prepper Myths with Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL)

    04/09/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | 4/9/14 | Lisa Bedford(ChocChipCookie)
    Hey folks, here's the link to the interview with Lisa Bedford, author of the book "Survival Mom".
  • 16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse

    04/09/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/9/14 | Michael Snyder.
    #8-16 The following are nine more statistics that come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation. As you can see, a significant portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days… 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits 48 percent lack emergency supplies 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during...
  • Overwhelmed by crime, Argentina declares emergency in Buenos Aires

    04/08/2014 6:32:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    The situation has become a major political issue with magistrates and the Church calling for restrain. “This is a fight to defend the most sacred, life” governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli said and called on “all political forces” to coordinate efforts in the battle against crime. Escorted by all of his cabinet ministers, Scioli held a press conference in the City of La Plata to declare a 12-month security emergency in the province which represents over 35 per cent of the electorate registry. “The emergency is the legal instrument we have to speed up the investments we need...
  • Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    04/08/2014 1:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | March 18, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year...

    04/07/2014 4:56:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/6/14 | Selco
    I kept looking at him suspiciously, because I remembered our neighbour who stated (OK he was completely drunk) that he had brilliant plan to end this siege. When we asked him how, he explained that he will shoot at the airplanes, and when they respond to that they will bomb whole area and everything will end. One of most stupid things that I ever heard. It was like shooting the man who brings you sandwich when you are hungry but desperate folks will talk lot of nonsense. “I am just thinking how funny and how far away we are to...
  • Welcome To Terminus

    04/07/2014 2:28:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 61 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/7/14 | Tyler Durden
    “That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.” ? Mark A. Rayner – The Fridgularity
  • "Preppers Festival" New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014

    04/03/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Craig County Business Association ^ | April 04, 2014 | Unattributed
    About the 2014 Preppers Festival The Prepper's Festival will be held on Downtown Main Street in New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014. This event will include a wide array of preparedness, homesteading and survivalist-related vendors, local artisans, skill-building workshops and even a Top Chef style Prepper's Cook-Off! Additionally, live music will be provided throughout the day and a large raffle will be held. This event is sure to be fun and very informative for all who attend!
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.
  • TSHTF Inflation: “What YOU Will Pay for What You Need to Survive”

    04/01/2014 4:22:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    SSHTF Plan ^ | April 1st, 2014 | John Galt
    To begin with, this article is neither to demean the starting prepper nor launch into my fellow bloggers and authors about their version of what being prepared for the worst case scenario might well be; even though the criticism is valid and should remind everyone of the old adage that NO ONE is totally prepared for a societal collapse. The theory that many of the Pollyanna view of the end of modern convenience then in the end civilization is that indeed, mankind would seek his brother out and be at his best working together to rebuild and save humanity and...
  • Canned Food Gone Bad

    03/31/2014 4:34:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies
    Now that’s theory and it does apply but as we know sometimes things just don’t work out as well. Today my wife was opening a can of chopped tomatoes and as soon as the can was pierced the contents burst out in all directions. While there was no swelling, pressure had clearly built up inside, a clear sign of decomposition. The food inside didn’t smell awfully bad, but it didn’t smell good either.
  • La Habra quake a reminder about dangerous Puente Hills fault

    03/29/2014 10:29:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/29/14 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    But a 7.5 quake on the Puente Hills fault could cause the fault to slip for an entire 20 seconds — and the shaking could last far longer. The Puente Hills fault could be especially hazardous over a larger area because of its shape. Other local faults, like the Newport-Inglewood and Hollywood, are a collection of vertical cracks, with the most intense shaking occurring near where the fault reaches the surface. The Puente Hills is a horizontal fault, with intense shaking likely to be felt over a much larger area, roughly 25 by 15 miles. According to estimates by the...
  • Preparing for Economic Instability: Six Ways to Ready Yourself For the Inevitable

    03/28/2014 3:54:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/28/14 | Tess Pennington
    It’s Not If, But When We’ve all heard the reports and seen the tell-tale signs of the storm brewing on the horizon. As a whole, we cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the ever-growing issue of our economic instability. Start taking steps to lead a more self-reliant lifestyle and invest into your future wellbeing. The tips provided above can help you gain a greater edge in readying yourself for the uncertain future.
  • Get Training for Le Tour de TEOTWAWKI

    03/26/2014 4:36:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | MK
    Bicycles offer us a quick way to move around, and if you know what you're doing and where you are going, they can be very stealthy. They give us options for carrying gear on racks and saddle bags, or even in trailers. A good bike will carry you over a variety of terrain, whether paved or not. They are easy to maintain, can be stored in a number of locations, and can be hidden fairly easily, when need be. Most importantly, with a little skill, their maneuverability will help you dodge even the stickiest of situations. Let's suppose I have...
  • Report: Poland Calls Up Army Reserves: “The World Stands On the Brink of Conflict”

    03/26/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    At least 7,000 reservists have been recalled to the colours for immediate exercises lasting between 10 and 30 days. They’re told by the Polish authorities that the call-ups are “routine”: but the men say they haven’t been asked before and they’re well aware of the growing alarm in Warsaw at President Putin’s aggression. Three weeks ago, their Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, called a press conference to warn that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen… Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation.”
  • Mortgages and eating Cats after the Economic Collapse

    03/26/2014 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    Ferfal Blog Spot ^ | 3/26/14 | Ferfal
    The word got around that cat didn’t taste that bad and in a matter of weeks you just couldn’t find any more stray cats when just a few months earlier they were all over the city. In the country, kids with slingshots and air rifles would go bird hunting so as to bring something home to throw in the pot.
  • Food hoarding illegal during WW I

    03/21/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Survialist Boards ^ | 3/18/14 | txprep
    "It was alleged that the food hoarded was sufficient to maintain the family for more than a year and hence far in excess of the requirements for 30 days, the period recognized by hoover as a "reasonable one" for residents of cities."
  • Need help with solar power

    03/21/2014 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Shaun_MD · 102 replies
    3/21/2014 | Me
    hey fellow freepers, I need some advice. I'm trying to set up a small solar panel system in case the grid goes down. I know I won't be able to power the whole house, but I want to be able to run a 750 watt deep well pump, a couple of 40 watt lights, a ceiling fan or box fan, cb base station and maybe a small freezer/refrigerator. I've got a 12v 100 watt solar panel, a 2000w 12v pure sine wave inverter and a 200 amp hour agm battery. Plus a 30 amp charge controller. Will this be enough?...
  • Barter Goods

    03/20/2014 7:03:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | C.Y.
    This article is about identifying, stocking, and using the post collapse equivalent of a pocket full of dollar bills. It should be enough that if someone is trading eggs or socks you can buy a pair without having to run back to the house, but not so much that if someone robs you at gunpoint, you've lost a major part of your savings. That's barter. I define trading being qualitatively different, because it involves much higher-value items. Trading involves some psychology on both sides, similar to buying a car or a house, as opposed to daily shopping. Also, it is...
  • Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis

    03/20/2014 5:45:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/20/14 | Brandon Smith
    Buy Three Months Of Food Stock Buy A Water Filter Buy A Small Solar Kit Store A Fuel Source Find Alternative Shelter Buy One Semi-Automatic Rifle Buy 1,000 Rounds Of Ammunition Approach One Friend Or Neighbor Learn One Barter Skill Grow A Garden Prepare Your Mind For Calamity
  • Prepping and the Mind

    03/18/2014 4:16:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | D.R.
    When people talk about "The End Of The World As We Know It” (TEOTWAWKI), it is almost always in ways of how we might prepare for the end, what equipment to have, how much food to store, and what skills we must learn. These are all valid points. Most people can agree on common standards in these areas, but what if the act of preparing for the end can cause danger to yourself and your family? I'm not mocking prepping; I'm a prepper myself. I'm simply stating that a prepper must be in the correct mindset to make choices they...
  • Lessons Learned the Hard Way About Food Storage, by The Northern Prep

    03/14/2014 3:43:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 89 replies
    In late 2010 when we started our food pantry, we took what I would call a “hodge-podge” approach. We read different articles and made lists of what we used and did not use but was recommended by the various publications. There is a tremendous amount of information, and this was a new endeavor for us. So our list would take the following into consideration: rotation of meals; caloric intake/nutritional value; pleasure value (is it something we enjoy i.e. pancakes vs. oatmeal); and last but not least, cost. Before we bought, we went to an Amish bulk store and Costco to...
  • Report: U.S. Electric Grid ‘Inherently Vulnerable’ to Sabotage

    03/11/2014 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies ^ | 3/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Electric grid compounds across the country have faced an uptick in unauthorized intrusions by unknown individuals, causing concern that the U.S. grid is “inherently vulnerable” to widespread sabotage, according to a recent oversight report issued by New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC), which monitors the threat level. Following at least eight “reports of intrusions at electrical grid facilities in New Jersey” from October 2013 until January 2014, the ROIC’s Intelligence & Analysis Threat Unit issued a report warning that the U.S. electrical grid is “inherently vulnerable” to attacks that could wipe out power across large swaths of the country.
  • The Ice Hits the Fan in South Carolina

    03/11/2014 5:20:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | Gadget
    This is the story of my family's experience during the ice storm that hit the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of South Carolina and Georgia. My family and a network of friends, who live in the area, are reasonably prepared for any problems that may come our way with food and water storage, shelter, generators, et cetera. When the "ice hit the fan" in our area, we had a very real test of our preps that lasted five days, and some families were still without power seven days later.
  • U.S., Citing ‘Urgent’ Need, Calls On Hospitals to Improve Disaster Plans

    03/11/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/11/14 | SHERI FINK
    The regulations would require hospitals, nursing facilities and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, and sewage and waste disposal during power losses, and to keep temperatures at a safe level for patients. Those inpatient facilities would also be expected to track displaced patients, provide care at alternate sites and handle volunteers. Transplant centers would need to identify alternate hospitals for patients awaiting organs — a challenge because centers maintain different transplant criteria. Home health care agencies would be required to help patients create personalized disaster plans. Hospices and others caring for frail, homebound patients...
  • Homeland Security Pre-Staging A Domestic Military Force

    03/10/2014 7:07:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/10/14 | Ken Jorgustin
    During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the U.S. Army built 28,000 MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Trucks). Now the U.S. Army has announced that it is giving 13,000 of them away, for free. Who’s receiving the trucks? Homeland Security and U.S. Law Enforcement. Instead of mothballing these MRAPs, Homeland Security is evidently pre-staging a domestic army of militarized agencies, police and law enforcement. While Police and agencies say that all this military equipment from DHS grants will only be used against crime, the trust in many American alphabet agencies has been broken – now that we know some of the extent at...
  • Guest Article: Staying Mobile in a Collapse Situation, by M.C.

    03/09/2014 4:51:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | M.C.
    I have seen countless disaster movies set 30+ years after the collapse of society where, somehow, people still have gasoline and diesel fuel to run their vehicles. I am a professional diesel mechanic, operating two vehicles retrofitted from their original gasoline engines to run on older mechanical diesel engines. I feel I could stay mobile longer because I would not be dependent on service stations to provide me fuel, and I could make my own
  • Game Changer: It Will Be Shocking for the Average American: “Your Cost of Living Will Quadruple”

    03/09/2014 4:46:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 173 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/9/14 | Mac Slavo
    It’s no secret that the U.S. government is in serious fiscal trouble. So much so that our Treasury Secretary recently noted that should the debt ceiling fail to be increased, the fall-out would be “catastrophic” and last for generations. Given that sobering report, consider that everything in America, from food to fuel, is subsidized in one way or another. Those subsidies are being paid with ever-increasing debt. It is inevitable that at some point the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar, will be wiped out. The trigger for such an event is irrelevant. What is relevant, is how average Americans...
  • 3 Preparedness Steps for People in Ukraine

    03/07/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    I’ve been getting emails recently, asking about the situation in Ukraine and what could be done to prepare for it for those that live there. The steps to take are in many ways the same ones you would take so as to prepare for a large scale economic crisis or long term sociopolitical conflict. For those of you in Ukraine or Russia, feel free to share your thoughts through email or on the comments below.
  • Why many preppers will die

    03/07/2014 3:15:41 PM PST · by Kartographer · 122 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 3/7/14 | Selco
    His story is not so unique, but I know much more stories about how folks got killed because they refused to leave their home (and run) when under attack by several people armed with firearms, while they were unarmed, or armed with pistol or knife, clearly outnumbered. I read every day on web sentences like “having this gun will save you when SHTF” or “with this BOB you can not lose when SHTF”. Of course this is marketing crap from people who want to sell you something. Please do not get yourself killed, or allow your family to die when...
  • Economist Warns of Collapse Risk: “Will Not Allow Life to Continue As We Know It”

    03/07/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/7/14 | Mac Slavo
    What you have to keep in mind is that back in 2008 we had one of the greatest financial crises the United States ever faced. The system was on the brink of collapse at that point in time. What the Fed and the federal government did was spend every penny they could, anything they could create or anything they could guarantee. They did everything they could possibly do to keep the system from crashing. They guaranteed all bank accounts. So, they saved the system, but now what they did has not borne fruit. We have not seen an economic recovery....
  • An Old Man's Long Gun Addiction (another one becomes a Mosin addict)

    03/05/2014 7:08:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 33 replies ^ | 3-5-14 | OTD
    . Then, I came across the Russian Mosin Nagant 91/30– a bolt action surplus rifle. I was intrigued as it was only $125, had lots of history, the ammo was cheap, and I thought I could sneak this by the wife. I bought a 1938 Mosin Nagant 91/30 manufactured at the Tula Armory from my local gun shop. That was the start of my love with Russian designed firearms. When you purchase a Mosin Nagant, it comes coated in a bunch of cosmoline and needs lots of cleaning before you should try firing it or for that matter even touching...
  • Understanding The Stress Response: It Can Buy You Valuable Seconds

    03/04/2014 3:49:19 PM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/4/14 | Lizzie Bennet
    Highly trained individuals are much more able to overcome the flight part of the response and stand their ground and fight. Equally, in a hopeless situation they’re training allows them to make the decision to retreat faster than the average person would. This should never be construed as cowardice, it is simply a tactical withdrawal that leaves them alive to fight another day. Sadly some of those we may call ‘The Golden Horde’ may also possess the ability to make decisions faster than the average person. Those used to living on their wits will cope better in flight or fight...
  • Real-World Preparedness: Learning from the Ukraine Crisis

    03/02/2014 2:01:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Surviving Argentina ^ | 3/1/14 | Ferfal
    Ferfal viedo of his analyst of the Ukrain. Some good stuff.
  • 10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25

    02/28/2014 8:40:58 AM PST · by virgil283 · 71 replies
    backwoodshome ^ | By Jeffrey Yago
    "It seems like every winter there are news stories of people getting stranded for weeks in bad weather while driving through the many remote areas of our country....I have written many articles about how to prepare your home for a power outage or national emergency, but today I want to address how to be prepared for an emergency when traveling in your car... .....;
  • Cry for Me, Argentina

    02/27/2014 5:49:54 PM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/27/14 | Roger Cohen
    A bon mot doing the rounds in post-commodities-boom South America is that Brazil is in the process of becoming Argentina, and Argentina is in the process of becoming Venezuela, and Venezuela is in the process of becoming Zimbabwe. That is a little harsh on Brazil and Venezuela.
  • Food Rationing: It Will Break You Down Mentally

    02/27/2014 5:43:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 106 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/27/14 | Tess Pennington
    There are certain factors you should consider when living through an extended emergency. It is common for your physical, mental and emotional state to be affected following a disaster. On top of that, you are hungry due to rationing food portions and still have to continue daily activities, physical labor, parenting, etc. If you haven’t put thought into the right types of food and the amounts needed to see you through the ordeal, then you could be setting yourself up for deficiencies in your diet. Repeatedly, I have told readers interested in leading a self reliant lifestyle to simulate a...
  • Hunger Ravaged Starving Hordes Gather In Syria: “The Devastation is Unbelievable”

    02/26/2014 4:09:08 PM PST · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    For most Americans the crisis is over. For the people of Syria, war rages on and the fight for survival continues. According to The Daily Mail, over 120,000 people are without food, water, medicine and essential services in Syria’s capital city of Damascus. Many are starving to death. Humanitarian aid has been slow to come amid complications with Syrian leadership, continued fighting in the country and the sheer size of the population requiring assistance. This is what it looks like when a country’s entire infrastructure is completely destroyed and its safety nets fall apart. People searching for resources as far...
  • ASK FATHER: Priest’s “Bug Out Bag” for TEOTWAWKI

    02/24/2014 5:34:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 2/24/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: What items should a Catholic include in a bug out bag [BOB] besides the usual survival gear?What does a Priest’s bug out bag look like? I would assume supplies to administer the sacraments in an emergency. Good question.  I will confine myself mostly to a priest’s BOB.  That said, every lay person should have a Rosary: ideally one made from paracord, which will not be reflective and will not make noise when moved (tip from a Marine).  Also, one of those tiny, vest-pocket size New Testament and Psalms volumes could be of comfort.  There is a small...
  • True Nature of Survival

    02/21/2014 7:14:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 2/21/14 | Selco
    In that short period before s. hit the fan with full force, people usually lost their lives because they did not recognize situation. People were out rioting, stealing, fighting. But all that was still like “moderate”. At that moment people still were “inside” the system, so we all were trying to hide more or less when looting was going on in neighborhood. Police were still arresting people and trying to control things. People were shooting each other yes, but it was not yet like full scale shooting and violence, mostly people were scaring each other with shootings. One of my...
  • Clear Your Calendars: Viking Apocalypse Scheduled for Saturday (February 22, 2014)

    02/19/2014 9:15:53 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Yahoo! Odd News ^ | February 19, 2014 | Mike Kumboltz
    Clear your calendars: Viking apocalypse scheduled for Saturday Thor, Odin, Loki all scheduled to attend epic battle hastening world's end Now's the time to cash out your life insurance policy and have a little fun, because, according to Norse mythology, the world is ending this Saturday. Sorry to be a bummer, but you should know we're about 100 days into an epic battle that will culminate with the earth falling into the sea, NPR explains. On the bright side, at least you'll have an excuse for not going to your nephew's Chuck E. Cheese's party on Sunday. For those whose...
  • Half-Prepping Equals NO Prepping: Lessons From The Icepocalypse

    02/17/2014 4:32:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/17/14 | Brandon Turbeville
    These individuals were able to weather the storm in conditions ranging from basic temporary self-reliance to minor discomfort and inconvenience. They had a source of food, water, and heat. They had a means to defend themselves if necessary. They did not require supplies after the fact. They were also a distinct minority. Others still believed they were prepared . . . until the storm hit. They had generators but no gas. They had extra food but no way to cook it. They had a well but no way to pump the water. Some had fireplaces with no logs or firewood...
  • Important Car Winter Preps Often Overlooked

    02/13/2014 7:27:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Ferfal Blog Spot ^ | 2/12/14 | Ferfal
    A man in Kansas lost all his feet toes after walking for an hour in the snow wearing only dress shoes. As I read the article (link), I wondered how many people could have easily been caught in the same situation. Some people do keep an emergency kit of some sort in their cars. Usually this is some kind of basic car breakdown kit or of bug out bag.
  • Ice, more snow, threaten to extend Triangle shutdown

    02/12/2014 7:19:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    Subfreezing temperatures and a night of rain and sleet on top of Wednesday’s snow promise to keep the Triangle largely shut down through Thursday night and possibly into Friday. The second stage of the storm was setting in even as police and tow trucks tried to clear the vehicles abandoned on the sides of roads and highways Wednesday. Forecasters had predicted the storm for days, prompting Wake County schools to close Wednesday, but the snow seemed to catch thousands off guard, trapping columns of cars on snow-whitened streets and highways.
  • A Foreshadowing of Future Mass Panic in America: This Is Why We Prepare…

    02/12/2014 4:09:31 PM PST · by Kartographer · 90 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/12/14 | Mac Slavo
    Every year somewhere in our country tens of thousands of Americans experience an emergency resulting from any number of scenarios that may include natural disasters, economic hardship or other unexpected circumstances. And every year we watch with amazement as those in areas that have been affected by snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes lose everything and have no backup plan to deal with the crisis. The thin veneer of our civilization should be apparent to everyone, yet it seems that no one really gets it.
  • Cheap Emergency Foods We Often Overlook

    02/06/2014 1:14:52 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 151 replies
    The Dollar Stretcher ^ | February, 2014 | Eric Nirschel
    The rise of the modern "prepper" is no accident, with shows like National Geographic Channel's, 'Doomsday Preppers' heralding a larger shift in social awareness. In the wake of storms like Katrina, Irene, and Sandy, even stubborn New Yorkers are realizing that Mother Nature packs a punch, and that most people aren't ready to roll with it. This, combined with rising concerns about economic troubles ans a bumbling government, has caused a flood of newbie preppers to take to the stores, eagerly looking for the security of stored food, water, and medicines. The prospect can be daunting, especially if you're trying...
  • Build your own emergency car kit that could save your life

    02/10/2014 12:30:55 PM PST · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Active Times via Yahoo ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Lebetkin
    When winter weather starts to get ugly, it’s times like this that your hour-long commute on the interstate can turn into an unexpected adventure, leaving you stuck in a snowy ditch miles from help. In most cases you can expect to be there for no more than a few hours, says Tony Nester, founder of the Ancient Pathways survival school in Flagstaff, Ariz. and author of the e-book A Vehicle Survival Kit You Can Live With. “Statistically, you’re more likely to encounter small scale episodes where there’s a blizzard, you spin off the road and you’re there for maybe a...
  • Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

    02/10/2014 1:19:01 AM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/8/14 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    A sense of pessimism pervades on the island. Streets are lined with empty storefronts in San Juan and in smaller cities like Mayagüez; small businesses, hit hard by high electricity, water and tax bills and hurt by drops in sales, have closed and stayed closed. Schools sit shuttered either because of disrepair or because of a dwindling number of students. In this typically convivial capital, communities have erected gates and bars to help thwart carjackers and home invaders. Illegal drugs, including high-level narcotrafficking, are one of the few growth industries. Puerto Rico, about 1,000 miles from Miami, has long been...
  • The Last Americans (book review of Earth Abides)

    02/08/2014 8:42:44 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 25 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 8 February 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Ol' Backwoods just finished a book that I have been avoiding since my teen years, a book, I supposed, so utterly despondent in its outlook, so stolid in its prediction of failure of civilization, that it would cast its pall of darkness over me, without recovery. But I was wrong. Earth Abides (Amazon) Earth Abides by George R. Stewart is one of the most important, one of the more comforting, and one of the more hopeful books I have ever read. Surprised?  Yeah, so am I.  What could an atheist Berkeley professor write that should impress a backwoods Christian engineer...
  • Public service announcement: get ready to starve in Venezuela

    02/07/2014 4:25:16 PM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    daniel-venezuela.blogspot ^ | 2/7/14 | Daniel
    This is a public service announcement for readers living in Venezuela: you may be running out of food within a month. I know that because I have heard through my clients and business partners that the regime has been holding reunions frantically to try to negotiate, at least with the food sectors, a minimum package so some basic stuff is produced while the regime comes up with some new cockamamie plan. The common feeling from those I spoke to is that the regime has little idea of what to do. The regime spokescreeps, in a wonderful case of military self...